Atlantic: Round five, six preview

Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship will be held at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, N.S. Aug. 8-10. The doubleheader weekend will feature the fifth and sixth of seven races for Canada's premier motorcycle road...

Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship will be held at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, N.S. Aug. 8-10. The doubleheader weekend will feature the fifth and sixth of seven races for Canada's premier motorcycle road racing series.

Classes: The Parts Canada Superbike Championship consists of seven classes for Pro and Amateur racers. The headline Pro division is Parts Canada Superbike, for motorcycles up to 1000cc in capacity.

Other classes include the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship for motorcycles up to 600cc and the Canadian Thunder and Canadian Sport Twins categories for twin-cylinder motorcycles.

The Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championship is the top class for Amateur racers in the series.

The Suzuki SV650 National Cup and Honda CBR125R Challenge are starter classes designed for up and coming racers.

The Track: Atlantic Motorsport Park is a 2.56km (1.6-mile), 11-turn road course. This weekend's races will be the 23rd and 24th Canadian Superbike events at the track.

Favorites: Riding for the Canadian Kawasaki Motors team, Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ont. currently leads the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings with two wins and two runner-up finishes to his credit in the first four races. He is trying for his fifth national Superbike title and his third in a row.

Kevin Lacombe of Granby, Que. (Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing) is second in the series standings, 38 points behind Szoke. Lacombe has won the Superbike national at AMP three times.

Clint McBain of Cochrane, Alta. (Acceleration Racing Suzuki) has two wins to his credit this season and currently lies third in the series standings, just eight points behind Lacombe. McBain is the defending AMP track champion.

Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, B.C. finished a superb third in the season opener in the debut of the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada / Ruthless Racing Buell. Crevier is a six-time Canadian Superbike champion.

Defending HJC Pro Rookie of the Year Brett McCormick of Saskatoon is considered one of Canada's most exciting up and coming racing talents. Still only 16 years old, McCormick is Szoke's teammate on the Canadian Kawasaki Motors team.

Local Stars: Brian Blaauwendraat of Truro, N.S. currently lies ninth in the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike standings and is second in the chase for the HJC Pro Rookie of the Year. The 23-year-old Honda rider won last year's Amateur 600 Sport Bike national at AMP.

Also from Truro, Andrew Dunlap is eighth in the Parts Canada Superbike standings and is coming off a season high seventh place finish on the Fundy Power Sports Kawasaki ZX-10R in the previous round at Mosport International Raceway.

Frankie Horwath of Dartmouth, N.S. is fifth in the Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike standings riding the Freedom Cycle/Vicious Cycle Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Other Stories: Montreal's Marie-Josee Boucher is the only female competing in the Pro ranks. Riding for the Excel Moto Honda team, the 27-year-old is fourth in the Pro Rookie of the Year rankings.

The engine in Steve Crevier's Buell 1125R was designed by the Austrian firm Rotax, which is a subsidiary of Canada's Bombardier Recreational Products. Buell is a division of The Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Crevier, a six-time Canadian Superbike champion, also has more national Superbike wins at AMP than any other rider with seven to his credit.

Jordan Szoke claimed his 25th career national Superbike victory at Mosport International Raceway, leaving him just one victory behind Crevier for first place on the all-time list.

The Atlantic Roadracing League is in its first year of organizing motorcycle events at Atlantic Motorsport Park and presides over one of the most vibrant regional road racing communities in the country.

AMP is one of the most storied race tracks in Canada. In the 1970s it hosted rounds of the internationally renowned North American Formula Atlantic championship, featuring future car racing stars Bobby Rahal and Gilles Villeneuve. AMP staged its first Superbike national in 1987, making it one of the pioneering venues for the Canadian tour.

Weekend Schedule: Practice and qualifying will be held Friday, Aug. 8 with feature races set for Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Tickets: Weekend Passes $50 to be paid at the gate. Further information on tickets, directions, schedules, etc., can be found at www.atlanticroadracing.com

-credit: cdnsuperbike.com.

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Series CSBK
Drivers Jordan Szoke , Bobby Rahal , Gilles Villeneuve , Clint McBain , Kevin Lacombe , Steve Crevier , Brett McCormick , Marie-Josee Boucher